Driffield biathlon is real sister act

Three sisters Bea, Hannah and Katrina Stanton have all had recent success at the Driffield area schools biathlon.

First to compete was Warter School year three pupil Bea, in the year 3 and 4 event which had over 40 entrants.

Bea started with the 25m swim, impressively winning her heat in 21.2 seconds. This time was good enough to put Bea in second place after the swim behind a year 4 pupil from Driffield.

The 400m run was soon to follow. Bea ran in the first heat and, in coming second, recorded a time of 1 minute 43 seconds, another P.B.

When the results were published it showed that she had in fact come third in the run and first in the overall competition.

The secondary school competition then followed, with Woldgate College pupils Katrina and Hannah continuing on from their younger sister’s success.

Year 8 pupil Hannah competed first in a relatively small field, winning both the swim and the run very convincingly.

Katrina then followed on and repeated Hannah’s success, winning both the swim and the run.

All three sisters have now qualified for the Yorkshire schools area final to be held during July in Driffield .

The next competition for Hannah was the final of last year’s schools competitions to be held in London at the Olympic park - quite a change in surroundings from Driffield school.

Having travelled down on the Friday night, Hannah was at the Olympic aqautics centre ready for an early start. Before the race, Hannah had the excitement of seeing Tom Daley complete one of his regular training sessions in the diving pool. She also got a chance to meet up with fellow members of the GB Biathle team.

Hannah was in the third heat of the 100m freestyle swim in the 50m Olympic pool. Hannah had a great swim and won her heat. She then had the pleasure of seeing her name on top of the results screen on the electronic scoreboard.

Unfortunately, when all the heats were completed she was down in 88th position going into the run. The run was unfortunately not in the Olympic stadium, but in the pool car park.

Again, Hannah was in the third heat and was drawn against her great rival, from last year’s Biathle world series, Alannah Mabbs.

Alannah took an early lead on the first lap of the run and Hannah then had to work her way through the field to catch her up. She then overtook Alannah on the last corner of the first lap. The two girls then showed their superior fitness and continued to extend their lead over the rest of the field.

Hannah managed to win the race with Alannah finishing about five metres behind her, and the rest of the field over a further 75m plus behind. Hannah’s time gave her 32nd place in the run and 63rd in the overall competition.